Frontier police and park guards detain three for illegal hunting

A.M. Costa Rica editors do not like to publish pictures of dead animals, but the impact of the adjacent photo might prevent a similar incident in the future or at least encourage expats to call when they hear shots suggesting illegal hunting. Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública

Hunters in northwest Costa Rica appear to be ready to shoot anything that moves.

Frontier police and park guards encountered a shack in an agricultural area Sunday. The shack contained a variety of dead animals, including an endangered ocelot (Leopardus pardalis). The small cat had been hunted for its skin. But also at the location were an armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) and an agouti (Dasyprocta punctata). The agouti is known locally as a guatusa

Also found were the skins of two caiman.

Officers quickly detained two persons nearby. The location was in La Garita de La Cruz. Police said they had been tipped off by a citizen.

Later officers detained the man in charge of the farm. Weapons also were encountered.

The park guards are with the Ministerio del Ambiente Energía y Telecomunicaciones and they took charge of the skins and dead animals.

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